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Chinatown Reviews

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March 27, 2009
Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim.
February 1, 2009
Is Chinatown the best private eye film ever? It may well be. Nearing its thirty-fifth anniversary, it deserves a reconsideration and a celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
May 2, 2008
Beyond all the "masterpiece" rhetoric, this is actually a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 8, 2007
The exhaustive, labyrinthine narrative is built up like a fortress around this film's bitter heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2007
A film that truly defines the term classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2006
Jack Nicholson's small-time detective Jake Gittes, like other noir heroes, suffers from a shadowy past and fears: For him, Chinatown is not just a place, but a spiritual landscape and a melancholy, fatalistic state of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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February 9, 2006
The hard-boiled private eye coolly strolls a few steps ahead of the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/6
November 11, 2004
Brilliant filmmaking. Polanski's direction of Robert Towne's script makes a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
October 29, 2004
One of Polanski's stronger directing efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 14, 2004
Superbly crafted Polanski.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 31, 2004
One of those rare films where it's difficult to find flaws even if you're looking for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 1, 2004
Arguably Hollywood's finest noir thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 22, 2004
A modern classic that stays true to private eye-movie conventions while digging way, way, deep underneath them.
| Original Score: 5/5
December 1, 2003
classic noir
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 5, 2003
In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy.
May 20, 2003
A new private-eye melodrama that celebrates not only a time and a place (Los Angeles) but also a kind of criminality that to us jaded souls today appears to be nothing worse than an eccentric form of legitimate private enterprise.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 10, 2003
Polanski is in top form here directing this detective noir throwback set in 1930s Los Angeles.
November 7, 2002
Chinatown incorporated themes from two eras, but the result is a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2002
It takes a Herculean effort to transform this type into a character and to replace the formula with a story, and Chinatown's success in both of these regards is one of the reasons it is universally viewed as a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 6, 2001
Dunaway plays Evelyn as a woman starved for, as well as terrified of, intimacy. The fleeting hints of warmth and decency build our subconscious faith in her innocence, while the facts keep pointing a finger.
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